As a first-year student in the BSW program, you will start your educational journey as a member of the Social Work Learning Community, learning about the profession, as well as completing general education requirements. Introductory courses in social work allow for the study of social problems and to experience social work through opportunities for service learning in the community.
Second year students continue to complete their general education requirements. Social work courses provide students with an understanding of families and poverty in the United States.
The required courses for the BSW degree begin in the junior year. You will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the achievement of the core competencies for generalist social work practice as defined by the Council on Social Work Education.
In the senior year, you will have a year-long, two days per week field placement in a local social service agency, under the supervision of a professional social worker and practicing the skills you have learned.
The SSW has affiliations with more than 200 social service agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area, providing a wealth of options for field education. Senior-year coursework and seminars allow you to connect the theories you have studied to what you experience in the field as you reflect on your developing professional self. Unique to UC is the two-term research sequence; you will learn basic research methods and then design and carry out a research project in your field agency.